Dog Beds for Cats and Baby Sweaters

IMG_8328My Archangel shawl is fixed!!  Last week, I shared that I picked a super stretchy bind off which ruined the structural integrity of my shawl.  It wasn’t pretty.  A crochet hook and a quick crochet chain down the bind off took care of the too-stretchy edge that I made.  The little extra heft at the edge doesn’t detract from the beauty of the design at all.

Next, I cast on for a Sproutlette baby dress.  If you’re confused by the picture below, I totally cannot follow directions and ended up with a shirt instead of a dress.  The [k3, Kf&b until 3 sts remain, K3] turned into [k3, kf&b]* *repeat in my mind.  Needless to say, I didn’t have enough stitches for a flowy skirt so I salvaged the project and turned it into a shirt.  I also omitted the front lacy leaf panel because I thought it would fight with the variegated yarn. IMG_8320 copyIMG_8323 copyI grabbed some polymer clay to create a tiny little button.  Supposedly, polymer clay holds up well in the wash.  I really hope so!  I’ve ordered some adorable hand-made polymer clay buttons from Etsy.  If you want to see ridiculous cuteness in the form of buttons, check out digitsdesigns and TessaAnn on Etsy!

This little dress is intended for my soon-to-be-born niece.  I’m hoping to have it in the mail sometime this week.

A week or so ago, my friend, Becky, informed me of a mega sale on New Zealand wool yarns and I couldn’t resist and bought 7 huge 250g hanks of super bulk yarn.  I’ve been really wanting to make a cat bed for the 2 animals that stalk my wet knitting.  Extra anti-cat pins are about the only thing that will keep them off of blocking wet wool.  So, this super-discounted yarn was the perfect opportunity to provide my felines with wool specifically intended for their use!

I’ve cast on a pattern called Dog Basket.  It requires you to hold 2 bulky yarns at once.  The picture below is deceiving… this thing is HUGE.  I’m hoping that it will shrink a bit when I felt it so it doesn’t cover the ENTIRE living room floor when it’s finished.  🙂

IMG_8327 IMG_8325And, I’ve dyed many new yarns for my Etsy shop.  I show a couple in the video above… but here’s a sneak peak at another one…IMG_8281

20 thoughts on “Dog Beds for Cats and Baby Sweaters

  1. You are too good! I can’t wait to see it felted, don’t worry it may take a couple trips through the wash but it will shrink! KitKat will love it! The shawl is so beautiful, the baby dress adorable, especially the button! And the new yarn is calling my name, so off to the shop!

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  2. Thanks Becky!! I really appreciate that! 🙂 I got the video idea from watching a knitting podcast of an internet friend. It really helped me get to know her better and I loved that! Plus, I get to actually talk about knitting out loud to people who understand my enthusiasm for crochet chains and short rows!! 🙂

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  3. So many wonderful things to say…. I don’t know where to start ;-). The dog/cat bed is gorgeous. I need to give that one a whirl. Even felted it looks big enough to hold one of my guys or possibly two (they like to cuddle). The baby dress is beautiful and your niece will look adorable in it. You had the right idea with the crocheted edging of your shawl – that did the trick and makes a huge difference. Having you show that on the video helped me to understand what you were talking about and seeing the before and after cleared things up. Now about your painting skills: amateur???? Ha!!!! Those paintings were excellent and your explanation of how you used color explains your amazing color matching skills with your dyed yarn. You have a color gift. Okay I think that’s it. Well done 😉 and thanks for the mention.

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    • Wow. Thanks so much Grace!! Your comments have made my day! 🙂

      I think you’ll like the dog, ahem, I mean cat basket pattern. The only down side is that it’s getting rather heavy now that I’m past the halfway point. But, I think that will help it stay in place once it’s put to good use. I like the use of garter stitch because every row is a knit row… And it’s a free pattern. That’s always a bonus!

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      • I’ve already downloaded it and will be on the hunt for some colorful super bulky yarn. In the meantime, I’ll start doing more pushups to improve my upper body strength. 😉

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